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Teaching the American Twenties: Exploring the Decade through Literature and Art

The Murder Mystery

Excerpts from The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett
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Dashiell Hammett's exposition of his characters often involved abstracting them as geometric or stylized shapes. Such treatment underscored Hammett's half-despairing approach to the people in the modern city. Sam Spade's friendship with his assistant, the good-hearted and reliable Effie Perine, on the other hand, betrays some faith in humanity.

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